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Bull Snake
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Pituophis sp.
Family Name:
Colubridae
Size:
Bull Snakes are quite large, some have been reported as reaching as much as nine feet in length. Most Bull Snakes average around five feet.
Color:
Common colors for the Bull Snake include yellowish-brown, cream and brown. They usually have black and/or brown markings and a light brown belly. There is also an alibino variety which is yellow and red. The albindo will always have red eyes.
Diet:
Bull Snakes generally feed on small animals including mice, rabbits, ground squirrels and gophers. They are also known to feed on bird eggs and ground nesting birds.
Compatibility with Humans:
Average
Poisonious:
No
 
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Bull Snake

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Bull Snake Description
  The Bull Snake is also known as the Gopher Snake or the Pine Snake. It is one of the largest snakes native to North America, and has only a few natural predators which are mainly birds of prey, such as the hawk and eagle. Bull Snakes can be aggressive if they are not handled often, which is the case in all snakes. They can be quite docile if they are handled from the time they are hatchlings. The Bull snake can mostly be found in the Mid-Western United States and its habitat is fields, brush, open forests and prairies. Once a Bull Snake has a large meal, they do not need to eat for quite awhile and may rest for several weeks. The Bull Snake use defense mechanisms, such as rattling their tail in dry leaves and hissing, mimicing a rattlesnake. They mate in the spring. It is quite a large snake. It has a large nose shield that characterizes the snake's smallish head, which is useful in burrowing. Even though it is not venomous, the Bull Snake does have teeth and will bite if provoked. Each snake has an unique pattern on their heads, which makes it easy to distinguish one snake from another.  
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